Last updated: 9 july, 2009 - 10:13 GMT

An award winning year

The World Today team with Krishnan Guru-Murthy, who presented them with their gold award in the News and Current Affairs category at the Sony Radio Academy Awards ceremony

Sony Radio Academy Awards

  • Gold: The News and Current Affairs Award, The World Today
  • Silver: The Speech Award, Outlook – Black in the USA
  • Bronze: The Sports Award, Olympics Sportsworld

The Association for International Broadcasting
International Media Excellence Awards 2008

  • Best Creative Radio Feature,The Amazon Paradox, BBC Portuguese for Brazil.
  • Clearest Coverage of a Single News Event, The World Today for the coverage on the Chinese Congress Party.
  • Best Cross Media Production, Bangladesh by Boat.
  • The Harold Wincott Awards for Financial Journalism and Broadcasting, Best Radio Programme, The Trouble with Money.
  • The Workworld Media Award, Radio Programme of the Year,The Trouble with Money.
  • Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union, External Broadcasts (Radio) award, Let’s Go To School, BBC Hindi.
  • Speaker Abbott Award for bravery, Jonathan Paye-Layleh, reporter for BBC Focus on Africa and Network Africa from Liberia.
  • Society of Environmental Journalists (US), Best In-Depth Radio programme,One Planet – Danger Fuels.
  • Nick Clarke Award, single best broadcast interview of the year, Carrie Gracie for her interview with Alan Johnston.
  • Foreign Press Association Media Awards 2008, Sports Story of the Year,Football Fraudsters.
  • British Archaeological Awards 2008, Highly Commended, Malcolm Billings – Heritage: The Archaelogy of the Balkans.
  • Martin Luther King Award, the Tanzanian Albino Association with the help of BBC World Service’s Vicky Ntetema’s exposé of the plight of Albinos in Tanzania.
  • Commonwealth Broadcasting Association – Amnesty International Award for Human Rights programme,Taxi to the Dark Side.
  • Commonwealth Broadcasting Association - Thomson Foundation, Journalist of the Year Award, Owen Bennett-Jones for his coverage of the Benazir Bhutto assassination and its aftermath, and his coverage of the feelings of the Arab world about the Six Days War, 40 years on.
  • One World Special Award for Development Media 2008,Urunana Radio Soap Opera, BBC Great Lakes, Kinyarwanda and Kirundi.
  • AfricomNet Annual Award for Excellence in HIV and Aids Strategic Communication 2008,Urunana Radio Soap Opera, BBC Great Lakes, Kinyarwanda and Kirundi.
  • Association of Turkish Journalists, Sedat Simavi Radio Prize, One Year in The Club, Faik Uvanik.
  • Florida Del Ray Beach Film Festival, Best Short Documentary,The Big Fat World Of Fernando Botero, Richard Collings.
  • Trinidad & Tobago High Commission, Special Award, Debbie Ransome, Head, BBC Caribbean.

BBC World Service Trust

  • New York Festival Radio Broadcasting Awards silver medal, Our World Our Future, BBC World Service Trust, Afghan Education Projects children’s department.
  • Commonwealth Broadcasting Association (CBA) 2008 Award for Programmes on Development Issues, God’s Own Crop, produced by Doordashan, trained by BBC World Service Trust through the iLearn Focus on Environment project.
  • Global Business Coalition on HIV/Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GBC), Core Competence Award for Business Excellence.
  • SIMFEST festival of local TV broadcasters and media freelancers, Romania,Under the Sign of the Earth (with the Center for Independent Journalism in Bucharest).

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